FAQs about the Uluru Statement and First Nations Voice

If you’ve been wondering why we need a First Nations Voice and how it would work, you are not alone.

The Society has developed responses to these, and many other, frequently asked questions about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a First Nations Voice to Parliament. The FAQs are the fourth in a series of resources to support our networks learn more about the Uluru Statement and its calls for Voice, Treaty, Truth.

It is part of our commitment to reconciliation and upholding the rights of First Nations people. Read our FAQs here or learn more at https://ulurustatement.org/the-statement/.

Q. What is the Uluru Statement from the Heart?

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation from First Nations peoples to non-Indigenous Australians to walk together for a better future. It was developed in 2017 after a long and extensive deliberation process by over 250 First Nations delegates across Australia.

The Statement calls for real and practical change through a three-part reform process of ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’. This involves the establishment of a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament and a Makarrata Commission to undertake processes of treaty-making and truth-telling. Makarrata is a multi-layered Yolgnu word understood as the coming together after a struggle to heal the divisions of the past.

Read our FAQs about the Uluru Statement and First Nations Voice in full here.